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  • Alan Bermudez
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    During the worst of the housing crisis, foreclosures were everywhere. Vacant, boarded-up homes with overgrown lawns out front littered the streets of the nation, turning blocks into ghost towns and dragging down neighboring property values. But now the reverse is true in much of the country. Foreclosure filings, which include mortgage default notices, scheduled auctions,

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    Purchase originations continued to gain ground in April as refinances fell, according to the latest Origination Insight Report from Ellie Mae. The time to close fell once again, marking the third consecutive month of declines. Time to close all loans fell to 42 days in April, down from 43 days in March and a substantial

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  • Alan Bermudez
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    BOISE – A new program coming to Idaho could make buying a home easier for many families by providing matching grants of up to $7,500 toward a down payment. More than 300 families or individuals around the state will be able to receive such a grant. “Usually the largest hurdle for a family trying to

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  • Alan Bermudez
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    Buying a home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, and it’s not always an easy one. Low inventory has pushed home prices up in cities throughout the country, giving sellers an advantage. Homes sell fast, bidding wars break out and offers above the asking price are common. All of this means that buyers

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  • Alan Bermudez
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    Remember the days when all you had to do was clean up your home before showing it to potential buyers? You yelled at your kids (and mostly at your husband) to collect underwear, toys and tools from the floor.  And, with any luck, they put them where they belonged, or at least shoved them into

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  • Alan Bermudez
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    U.S. house prices continued to show no signs of slowing, hitting their highest in nearly three years as demand remains hot, especially in the Pacific Northwest and Dallas. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 5.9% in the three-month period ending in February compared to the same period a year ago, an acceleration from its 5.7% yearly

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